Microsoft Certification Upgrades – MCSE and MCSA

I haven’t blogged in a while because I was busy upgrading my MCSE and
MCSA certifications. I took the tests and passed on Tuesday. I got
my MCSE on Windows 2000 almost 3 years ago. I have worked with Server
2003 quite a bit but I never wanted to upgrade because you cannot
upgrade if you obtained the certification more than 3 years past. I
want to be able to upgrade my MCSE again when the LonghornVista
certifications come out. My 2000 cert would have expired in August so
it was about time for the upgrade.It was a tough week preparing for the exams but I do feel better now
because I am back in the hardcore study mode. I had been sort of
taking a break over the last few months but now I am back in the study
mode. If you do not study much for a while, it is harder to study. I
was studying SQL Server months ago but I set that aside in favor of
the Cisco Security Agent and then for the MCSE upgrade. I picked the
book up again Tuesday afternoon and it is my new goal. I have to be
totally committed to it and I can say that I am. I am going to order
a few more books from Amazon tonight and my next goal will be to
obtain the MCDBA (Microsoft Certified Database Administrator). I
attempted to gain the OCP (Oracle Certified Professional) a few years
ago and I am a little sad that I never finished it. Now I have a
chance to get back into databases again.

I installed SQL Server on my Server 2003 R2 machine a while back and
yesterday I opened the Enterprise Manager and found that one of the
services would not start. I researched the problem and found out that
there is a service pack out that I must download. My network is
completely disconnected from the Internet and I had not been keeping
up with the SQL patches so I was unaware of it. I downloaded the
service pack and a few other files and then transferred them to my
network. Everything is now updated fully. I have been relying on SUS
and automatic updates too much for my patch management and there is
the result; a server that is not updated.

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